Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cozy times

Since the weather has dipped around here, I love having our cozy fire in the living room working. We watched "Pooh" today and had a fire, while the rain was coming down outside. Super warm and cozy.

We are thinking about paining the trim, walls and mantle white (Simple White, Benjamin Moore).
What do you think?

Keep the stain or paint it white? 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A camping we will go

So on Friday we did a mock-22 speed packing session, grabbed Ava from gymnastics and headed to Pocahontas State Park to try to nab one of the last three camp sites since it was too late to reserve a site online.

And we scored a great site! They don't let you pick a site until you get there, which is nice if you are late reserving one. And we loved going here because it was only 11.2 miles away. The bathrooms were very clean and close and they even have a playground and a pool. I just loved the running water and clean bathrooms. When we go camping in Hocking Hills we don't have running water.

We had such a great time that the whole family didn't want to leave. It was a magical time and the weather cooperated. Beautiful night and so much fun with the whole family roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and taking a hike the next day.

Sophie, Ava and Ryder after dinner roasting marshmallows  

Burnt. Just like we like them! 

Ryder and daddy right before Ryder's epic diaper mess. It was seriously epic. 

Time for breakfast mom! 

Our sad attempt at brewing coffee over the fire -- I drank every last bit though. 

The weather this weekend was so amazing -- crips and fall beautiful! 

The tent kept the kids occupied the whole time. They loved playing in it. We had them sound asleep by 8:30 pm. 

In the morning we did some leaf tracing and journaling what we saw. My personal favorite part since the girls got to use their summer journal more. 

The kids had fun meeting the other family next to our camp site. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three ways to really jack up your training for a race

This gorgeous weather was a mood booster! We had planned on going camping on Saturday with the kids, but camp sites at Pocohantes State Park were full!

So we scrambled mid-day Friday to find a spot (no go) and decided to risk it and drive the 30-minute drive to the park. We got a spot! The kids had a blast and I will post more photos on Monday. It was gorgeous outside with the fall weather and leaves turning bright yellow and red. 

I did my long run on Sunday (today) and loved running the 10 miles from my plan around a 10 min pace. My goal was to run it slow enough to recover easily during the week. Although I did the hilly loop twice, I felt strong and loved having Mike and Ikes as my fuel, along with gatorade. 

During my run, I was thinking that I have really learned from past race training mistakes. Even though I miss my running training bestie Sarah. :) And this quote below is one of my favorites this cycle. 

Three ways to really jack 
up your training for a race 

Be a speedster on every run and never run easy long runs or mid-runs

This is pretty self explanatory. :) During my training for my second half marathon, I wanted to break some crazy time barriers. And I trained super hard. Like I would leave training and be ready to crash on my couch. Too fast!

So when I got to the race I did a great job, but I didn't make my time goal because I had ran too fast. I did knock 15 minutes off my first race though. 

Fail to plan your long run fueling 
Since you are not racing for time on your long run, you should try to practice fueling. I am getting pretty good at knowing what my body needs. I am super beautiful when I run (not really) and sweat like a pig. More than most people in fact. :) 

So, I know that gatorade is needed a little more than other people who don't sweat as much. Also, I eat Mike and Ike's about every half mile after mile 3 so that my blood sugar stays even. This is just what works for me. 

Race someone else's race 
I was talking with a friend about racing and we both agreed that runners have different tempos. Some people like to speed up when they feel good and "bank" time, while others like to negative split. Others like to walk through fueling stations, while their friends hold their fuel. 

I was running today my 10 miles and had stopped to drink my gatorade so that I wouldn't spill it all over myself (!) and two runners said to me, "don't stop!" 

For some reason this just made me mad. They didn't probably mean to, but if the runner was a newbie, they could injure that runner. You have to have some breaks on long runs to drink. Not stopping to drink gatorade and running 10 miles without fuel is actually really dumb. :) 

This also goes with running your own race. Run at your pace and enjoy it!

My motto this training cycle is "Be your best fan, instead of your worst critic." 

Do you have any training mottos? 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Steals and Deals

How cute is this DIY costume for a black cat?

Sophie and Ava have both decided they wanted to dress like cute cats for trick r treat this year so I have been doing some research.

Pottery Barn has a cat costume for $50! Holy moly. That's just a little crazy when it's a black shirt with tulle skirt and ears $50 X 2!

Here's Pottery Barn's cat costume

DIY cat costume from Do It Yourself Divas 

Which one would you do?! :) 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Workout Tuesday

It's workout Tuesday here.

Although honestly I don't feel like working out! Ryder got up around 5:30 am this morning and I am supposed to run during his school time today.

This amazing almost 70 degree weather will make the run better though. I really dislike running indoors when it's beautiful outside.

Yesterday I really enjoyed working out. I just took it easy and did abs and arms along with squats. I also swam laps for the first time in a long time. It felt so good and it made me want to keep going with the swimming again. And Ryder and I went swimming and had lunch and we had such a fun time. I am trying to be more intentional about doing fun things with him and not just running errands or cleaning. He really loved it and loved the water squirt tube that was at our gym.

My friend at the gym is a yoga instructor and I asked her for some advice for sore quads yesterday from running. I was so sore from running that it hurt to jump up and down.

So she showed me this pose. The pose of death. :)

And well,  "asana ow!" as the article said!

It hurt. In a good way!

My long run this week is 10 miles that I have to get in before we go camping.

And how funny is Mindy? I love that show!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Week update

Ava and Ellie went to Kidz Bop on Saturday and loved it. Ava had such a blast going with her friend and came home singing. She was ready at 10 am that morning to go for the night! 

Her grandma Shmidt gave her the horse outfit and she loves the sparkles. 

Little Ryder is two and loves playing outside with sticks. He doesn't need many toys since he just loves to run and explore. 

I was trying to head to Nordstrom to return shoes Sophie had that had a hole in them. But, he didn't want to stop playing. 

Enjoying the beautiful fall day. 

Classic Ryder 

Pumpkin pizza 
Making dinner fun is something we try to do since with a toddler it's not fun going out that much. It's def. more easier and healthier to eat at home. We had fun making pumpkin shaped pizzas last week. I used the Pioneer Woman's pizza dough recipe. The trick is to let the dough rise for at least 2 hours. So, if I am making the pizza, I start the dough around Ryder's nap time. Also, you can make it whole wheat, but you may want to go half and half. I think it tastes better that way. 

Basil from our garden for the stem. 

Pumpkin pancakes
We are on a pumpkin kick! I added 1 TB cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of cloves along with 1/2 cup of pumpkin to our pancake recipe. Yum!! Loved it! I also added bran fiber to the top. 

Sophie is loving Kindergarten. Her teacher is super sweet and she is learning so much. Right now she is writing sentences and learning to count to 100. She just loves it. I took back the shoes here and Nordstrom was awesome and let me have a new pair. Love their customer service.